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Linux.com: New Approaches to Linux Package Management

Nov 14, 2005, 09:15 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Irfan Habib)

"Traditional Linux package management systems such as RPM, Debian's dpkg, and Slackware's pkgtool present several problems for users. Users who want optimized packages often have problems finding them, different package repositories have conflicting naming conventions, and binary packages are often not available for packages in a timely fashion. However, for users willing to stray from the beaten path, there are alternatives. Two projects have taken up the challenge of making a package management system that overcomes these shortcomings.

"Linux is available for a number of architectures, which is one of its advantages. However, most packages are generally compiled only for i386, or i686--leaving users of alternative architectures with a dilemma..."

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